Inari Kiuru

Finland / Australia,

Inari Kiuru is a Finnish-born artist and designer who lives in Melbourne. She graduated with Honours in Object Based Practice (Fine Art) from RMIT University in 2013, following earlier studies in graphic design and gold and silversmithing in Helsinki, Finland and at Curtin University in Perth. Inari has participated in group exhibitions since 2008 in Australia, USA, Germany, Estonia and The Netherlands, including the recent  4-person exhibition Go, Said the Bird at 45 Downstairs, as part of Radiant Pavilion this past September.

A finalist in the 2014 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery, Inari received a special commendation from the judges for her Evolution-series brooches.  Her work includes objects, images and mixed-media installation.
Inari joins Funaki with a series of earrings drawn from her research into post-industrial landscapes. Using steel, enamel, paint and gold, Inari interprets the gritty surfaces and the beauty of changing light over suburban Melbourne.



'Night falls over Brunswick' series (brooches), 2016, concrete, mica, pigment, charcoal, glass, copper, enamel, paint, silver, stainless steel

More work by Inari Kiuru

A tree and the night's edge by Inari Kiuru A tree and the night's edge, 2015-16, concrete, pigment, copper, enamel, glass, silver, paint, stainless steel
The universe sees us asleep by Inari Kiuru The universe sees us asleep, 2015-16, concrete, pigment, charcoal, mica, glass, paint, silver, stainless steel
A suburban moon, close and distant by Inari Kiuru A suburban moon, close and distant, 2015-16, concrete, pigment, mica, silver, stainless steel
Earrings (group) by Inari Kiuru Earrings (group), 2015, enamel, glass fragments, copper, galvanised steel, paint, 9k gold
Heavy Water (Fukushima butterflies) by Inari Kiuru Heavy Water (Fukushima butterflies), 2017, concrete, iron oxide, pigment, wax, mild steel, iron filings
Priceless necklace by Inari Kiuru Priceless necklace, ongoing edition, plastic
Evenings at the factory by Inari Kiuru Evenings at the factory, 2015, galvanised steel, paint, glass fragments, 9k gold
Industrial lightscapes by Inari Kiuru Industrial lightscapes, 2015, galvanised steel, paint, glass fragments, 9k gold
Warm afternoon by Inari Kiuru Warm afternoon, 2016, galvanised steel, paint, silver
Industrial lightscapes by Inari Kiuru Industrial lightscapes, 2016, galvanised steel, paint, silver
Industrial lightscapes by Inari Kiuru Industrial lightscapes, 2015, galvanised steel, paint, glass fragments, silver
Industrial lightscapes by Inari Kiuru Industrial lightscapes, 2016, enamel, glass fragments, copper, paint, silver
Industrial lightscapes by Inari Kiuru Industrial lightscapes, 2016, enamel, glass fragments, copper, silver
Industrial lightscapes by Inari Kiuru Industrial lightscapes, 2016, enamel, glass fragments, copper, silver
Industrial lightscapes by Inari Kiuru Industrial lightscapes, 2016, galvanised steel, paint, silver
Steel, rust & stars by Inari Kiuru Steel, rust & stars, 2016, steel, iron filings, glass fragments, silver
Steel, rust & stars by Inari Kiuru Steel, rust & stars, 2016, steel, iron filings, glass fragments, silver
Night falls over Brunswick (white) by Inari Kiuru Night falls over Brunswick (white), 2016, enamel, glass fragments, copper, paint, silver
Night falls over Brunswick (blue) by Inari Kiuru Night falls over Brunswick (blue), 2015, enamel, glass fragments, copper, paint, 9k gold
Night falls over Brunswick (blue) by Inari Kiuru Night falls over Brunswick (blue), 2016, enamel, glass fragments, copper, silver
Earrings by Inari Kiuru Earrings, 2015, enamel, glass fragments, copper, paint, 9k gold
Spark studs by Inari Kiuru Spark studs, 2015, aluminium, silver
Concrete studs by Inari Kiuru Concrete studs, 2015, concrete, glass fragments, silver

Exhibitions

Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

August 12 to September 13, 2014

The inaugural Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery, won by Kiko Gianocca, Sara Gackowska and Patrícia Correia Domingues.

5×7: early career Australian makers

April 19 - May 14, 2016

We are proud to present new work by five up and coming artists from Melbourne and Canberra: Zoe Brand, Annie Gobel, Marcos Guzman, Inari Kiuru and Lindy McSwan.

HOLD: Exploring the Contemporary Vessel

April 18 - May 27, 2017

A survey of contemporary vessels by Australian and international makers, curated by Natasha Sutila.

2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

August 24 - September 24, 2016

The Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery is a biennial international Award that showcases excellence in international and Australian contemporary jewellery.  35 artists have been shortlisted from an international field of 413 entries from 48 countries.